The Public Information Office (PIO) is the conduit for the most up-to-date information for the community on all matters relating to the Alachua County Sheriff ’s Office, providing timely and relevant information directly to the public, as well as to our media partners. The Public Information Office is commanded by Captain Chris Sims who shares PIO duties with civilian Public Information Officer, Art Forgey.
In response to media inquiries, information is researched and shared through print, television, radio interviews, social media, and news releases. Proactive coverage of major events impacting the community, arrests, and unusual situations occurring with the scope of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office are provided as events unfold.
The office also coordinates media coverage to assist other Sheriff’s Office functions such as locating fugitives, developing information to aid in criminal investigations and operations at the Department of the Jail, and joins with the public to help find missing persons.
The Public Information Office produces educational literature, infographics, the agency annual report and maintains the agency’s five social media accounts along with wireless alerts via Everbridge. The office also processes agency awards and recognition and along with the Policy and Accreditation Unit, maintains ASO’s external website.
The Public Information Office also contains the Crime Prevention Unit for the agency.